The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The relative success of the AA program seems to be due to the fact that an alcoholic who no longer drinks has an exceptional faculty for "reaching" and helping an uncontrolled drinker,

In simplest form, the AA program operates when a recovered alcoholic passes along the story of his or her own problem drinking, describes the sobriety he or she has found in AA, and invites the newcomer to join the informal Fellowship.

The heart of the suggested program of personal recovery is contained in Twelve Steps describing the experience of the earliest members of the Society:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves..
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
  1. إعترفنا أننا كنا عاجزين أمام الكحول وأن شؤون حياتنا أصبحت خارج .سيطرتنا.
  2. .توصلنا للإيمان بأن هناك "قوة" أعظم منا قادرة على إعادة الصواب.
  3. إتخذنا قرارا بأن نضع إرادتنا وأنفسنا في رعاية الله حسبما .يفهمه كل منا.
  4. أجريناجردا أخلاقيا مفصلا وجريئا عن أنفسنا
  5. .إعترفنا لله ولأنفسنا ولإنسان آخر بالطبيعة الدقيقة لأخطائنا
  6. .ك نُا على أتم الاستعداد لأن يمحو الله كل هذه العيوب الشخصية
  7. .تضرعنا إلى الله لكي يزيل نواقصنا الشخصية
  8. وضعنا قائمة بأسماء م نَ ألحقنا بهم الأذى وأصبحنا مستعدين .لتعويضهم ماديا ومعنوي
  9. قمنا بتعويضات مباشرة لهم أينما سنحت الفرصة، ولكن ليس إذا كان .ذلك سيضر بهم أو بغيرهم.
  10. واصلنا قيامنا بجرد شخصي وكلما اخطأنا اعترفنا بخطئنا فور .إرتكابه
  11. سعينا من خلال الدعاء والتأمل إلى التقرب الواعي من الله حسبما يفهمه كل منا ولم نرد من ذلك على معرفة مايبتغيه منا والقدرة على .تنفيذ ذلك
  12. وبما أننا حققنا صحوة روحانية نتيجة لهذه الخطوات، حاولنا حمل هذه .الرسالة إلى الكحوليون وتطبيق هذه المبادىء في جميع شؤوننا

Newcomers are not asked to accept or follow these Twelve Steps in their entirety if they feel unwilling or unable to do so.

They will usually be asked to keep an open mind, to attend meetings at which recovered alcoholics describe their personal experiences in achieving sobriety, and to read AA literature describing and interpreting the AA program.

AA members will usually emphasize to newcomers that only problem drinkers themselves, individually, can determine whether or not they are in fact alcoholics.

At the same time, it will be pointed out that all available medical testimony indicates that alcoholism is a progressive illness, that it cannot be cured in the ordinary sense of the term, but that it can be arrested through total abstinence from alcohol in any form.